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Weekly Rochester Events #582 Starting Thursday, March 4, 2010

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Dinner at Rocco with Ali
by Jason Olshefsky at 8:00 pm (2 comments)

Ali and I went to Rocco (165 Monroe Ave., formerly The Olive Tree) for dinner and it was fantastic. We dropped in without a reservation and were happy to eat at the bar. Ali got the ziti with a side of meatballs which she loved — if I remember right: I was overwhelmed by the quality of my thick-cut pork chop special with parmesan cheese and a chili-spiced red sauce. Drinks, too, were excellent: the Stormy Monday was a great choice.  Ali even liked it despite that she otherwise hates the taste of bourbon. As it ended up, we were too full for dessert.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese Off
by Jason Olshefsky at 5:30 pm (add a comment)

I did get one question about the Macaroni and Cheese Off I hosted on Sunday, but otherwise, it was just a few friends. A friend of Ali's who I see around once in a while is a great local chef; every year I've mentioned having some kind of best mac-and-cheese contest with him during the winter. And every year, January, February, and March slip by before I remember to organize it. I finally got to it this year in February … just before it ended.

We had four entries including my own. Every one was significantly different: mine was a pretty by-the-book cheddar/parmesan baked number, our chef friend brought one with prosciutto, another included condensed milk, and the final entry was chilled like macaroni salad. Amusingly enough, everyone picked different shaped pasta, too. We also had a couple people bring vegetables to counteract the starch/fat/salt wonderland. As it turned out, prosciutto (and expert cooking, presumably) wins but nothing loses.

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At today's Thursday Thinkers lecture from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. in The Kate Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Stephen Botek will discuss his book, Song On My Lips: Jazz Greats Were My Mentors. [source: Friends of the Public Library flyer]

Today in the Auditorium at John Williams School #5 (555 Plymouth Ave N.) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. is a meeting to discuss The Rochester Running Track Railroad Bridge Study concerning the abandoned railroad bridge north of Smith St. (Cliff St. and Ambrose St.) [source: City Hall press release]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) is an Archaeology Lecture with Dr. Martha Morgan speaking about The Multivocality of Maghribi Metallurgy: Reconstructing the Meaning of Metals in Islamic North Africa. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be hosting Naomi Uman to introduce and discuss her short, avant-garde films starting at 8 p.m: The Tin Woodman's Home Movie #2: California Poppy Reserve, Antelope Valley, Removed, and Kalendar and Unnamed Film from the Ukrainian Time Machine series. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Today at Booksmart Studio (250 North Goodman St.) is an Open Critique for photographers starting at 7 p.m. [source: City Newspaper]

JayceLand Pick The very good, experimentally-daring acoustic soloist Seth Faergolzia will perform at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) with friends tonight at 8 p.m. and every Thursday through the end of March. [source: band said it at a prior show] [all ages]


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Tonight is another First Fridays around art galleries downtown starting around 5 p.m. [source: First Friday website]

JayceLand Pick Today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Gerry Szymanski's Sacred Fire exhibition opens at Orange Glory Cafe (240 East Ave., next door to the Little) The show runs through April 20 (but note that Orange Glory is ordinarily open only for lunches on weekdays). If you get out to gallery openings and music shows in Rochester, you've probably either met or seen Gerry — ever looking for the perfect photograph, he's probably seen as much behind a camera as he is not. [source: flyer]

This Other Life will play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) for Happy Hour followed by The Captain Jack Blues BandMySpace link (a.k.a. Blue Buick Special) at 9:30 p.m. [source: Abilene website]

Today at The Firehouse Gallery at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for The Walking Hour — Ceramics by Sean O'Connell at 6 p.m. Upstairs at The Community Darkroom at The Genesee Center for the Arts (713 Monroe Ave.) is the Opening Reception for Dance of Stillness by Monika Ueffinger starting at 7 p.m. O'Connell's show runs through March 27 and Ueffinger's will be on display through May 2. [source: Genesee Center for the Arts calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Home starting at 8 p.m. When the abandoned highway adjacent to a family home is reopened, "the family suffers a number of inconveniences and violations of privacy, placing them on a downward spiral toward madness." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is ChyldeMySpace link, Velvet Elvis, Summer PeopleMySpace link, and The Fucking HotlightsMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

The Hollands will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall (204 N. Water St.) is a show titled Celebrating Queen with The Bohemian Rhapsody OrchestraMySpace link, and excellent ska-driven rock from The BeaumontsMySpace link. [source: Water Street calendar] [16+]

Today through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is First and Last: Arts and Crafts at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) [source: City Newspaper] [all ages]


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JayceLand Pick Today from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) is a special What's the Price? Antiques Appraisal Event. [source: Geva Theatre website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Solntse (The Sun) starting at 8 p.m. According to the Eastman House calendar, "Acclaimed Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) creates an incisive, eerie portrait of the enigmatic [Japanese Emperor] Hirohito during the twilight of [World War II]." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) will be hosting The Static JacksMySpace link, These Electric LivesMySpace link, and WalriMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Over at Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) starting around 9 p.m. is Family Funktion and the Sitar JamsMySpace link. [source: Abilene website]

Tonight at 9 p.m. at The Multi-Use Community Cultural Center (MuCCC) (142 Atlantic Ave.) is Comedy Improv by The Broken Couch. [source: MuCCC website]


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Today at The Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave., near Goodman St.) at 2 p.m. is a What's Up Lecture by Cynthia Culbert and Paul Harp on Ceramics from RIT. [source: Memorial Art Gallery calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at 7 p.m., George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) is hosting their Academy Awards Party. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Castaways (413 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca) is beat-charged, experimental extravaganza one-man-band That One GuyMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: band e-mail]

Over at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. is The Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome BellsMySpace link, Crush the JuntaMySpace link, and Dr . HamburgerMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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International Women's Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Alice Adams starting at 1:30 p.m. for the Senior Citizen Matinees. A portrait of "small-town America in the throes of the second industrial revolution is beautifully evoked in this minor gem." [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Nextstage at Geva (75 Woodbury Blvd.) at 7 p.m. is an entry in The Hornets' Nest Reading Series: An Enemy of the People. [source: Freetime]

BeogaMySpace link will be at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Bop Shop calendar]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Les nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris) starting at 8 p.m. Once again, from the Eastman House calendar, a woman "lives with a lover in the suburbs of Paris [but when] she takes a small apartment in town as a way of asserting her freedom, she upsets the delicate equilibrium that has provided her with a measure of happiness." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Red LanternsMySpace link, and talented stoner rock-influenced rock band Argus EyeMySpace link will be at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]


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This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

Today starting at 9 a.m. is an Restaurant Equipment Auction by The Reynolds Auction Company of The Roadhouse Grill (830 Jefferson Rd.) [source: Reynold's Auction website]

JayceLand Pick Tusedays at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. is A.K.A. Paul Burke Presents featuring Paul BurkeMySpace link and other people, perhaps performing. [source: band e-mail]

Top Pick At tonight's The Caroline Werner Gannett Project lecture, David Cay Johnston will present A Path Back to Prosperity for America starting at 8 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium at RIT (One Lomb Memorial Dr., campus map). [source: Caroline Werner Gannett Project website]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing L'arbre, le maire et la médiathèque (The Tree, The Mayor and The Mediatheque) starting at 8 p.m. in which "the Socialist mayor of a small French village who secures government funding to build a showy media arts center on a picturesque, pastoral patch of land, something the local schoolmaster (Fabrice Luchini) and his pre-teen daughter won't abide." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]


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Today at 7 p.m. at The Lovin' CupMySpace link (Jefferson Rd. and John St. at 300 Park Point Dr., Suite 110) is a Brew Ha Ha for beers from The Stone Brewing Company (1999 W. Citracado Pkwy., Escondido, CA). [source: Lovin' Cup calendar]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Jour De Féte starting at 8 p.m. in which a "postman whose attempts to make his delivery route more efficient result in a series of brilliantly timed gags." The Eastman House calendar adds, "seen for many years only in black-and-white versions, this edition restores the original color cinematography." [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 8:30 p.m. is Velveteen FoxMySpace link, and Greg Townson. [source: Water Street calendar] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at The Bug JarMySpace link (219 Monroe Ave.) is Boston's really good classic-rock band TownshipMySpace link starting around 9 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

It's Whirrly Wednesdays: Hooping, Drumming, and Grooving at The Flying Squirrel Community Space (285 Clarissa St., formerly the Flower City Elks Lodge) at 6 p.m. [source: Flying Squirrel Community Space website] [18+]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Tonight at 8 p.m. at Abeline Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Wy., formerly Tara) is an Open Mic with The Grand Canyon Rescue EpisodeMySpace link. [source: Abeline website]

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